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Iraqi Forces Battle Militants Near Fallujah

Iraqi Forces Battle Militants Near Fallujah

May 28, 2016
Iraqi forces traded fire with Islamic State militants in the city of Al-Karmah, some 16 kilometers northeast of Fallujah, on May 28. Iraqi troops have been battling to retake Fallujah from the militant group since the start of a major offensive on May 23. More
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Video U.S. Convoy Begins Key East European Maneuvers

A U.S. military convoy has set off from Germany on a 2,400 kilometer "tactical march" to join exercises in the Baltic states. The convoy passes through the Czech Republic and Poland as part of efforts to reassure NATO's eastern members in the face of a perceived threat from Russia.

Video Politicians Join Activists To Mourn Transgender Death In Peshawar

Pakistanis gathered to mourn a transgender person who was shot and killed in the northern city of Peshawar. The person, named Alisha, was shot eight times by unidentified gunmen on May 21 and died in a Peshawar hospital on May 25. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Tajikistan Police Incinerate Cache Of Illicit Drugs

Police have destroyed a large cache of illegal drugs in Tajikistan. On May 27, the head of the country's drug enforcement agency helped incinerate over 370 kilograms of narcotics, including more than 16 kilograms of heroin. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Savchenko Open To Running For President, Has Strong Words For Putin

Nadia Savchenko, the Ukrainian airwoman who was released this week after being jailed in Russia for nearly two years, has said she would consider running for president if her fellow Ukrainians want her to. At a press conference in Kyiv on May 27, Savchenko also spoke harshly of Vladimir Putin.

Video In Breakaway Abkhazia, An Alternative World Cup

Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia is hosting a World Cup in soccer -- but it's not the tournament that the world knows well. It's the championship of Conifa, a league made up of autonomous regions, stateless peoples, and others outsiders of international football. (Amos Chapple, RFE/RL)

Video Freed RFE/RL Journalist Vows To Fight For Justice And Continue Investigations

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova says she will keep fighting to clear her name and to support the work of her colleagues in Azerbaijan. She was held on a series of charges which international observers said were retribution for her investigative reporting on Azerbaijan's ruling family.

Video 'I Kept My Spirit Really High' - Ismayilova Speaks Of Prison Ordeal

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova, released from an Azerbaijani prison on May 25, said she was able to remain optimistic in custody, despite her ordeal.

Video Ukrainians Ponder Savchenko's Future

After nearly two years of imprisonment, Nadia Savchenko was released by Russia on May 25 in a prisoner exchange. Savchenko's defiance behind bars helped make her a hero for many Ukrainians. People on the streets of Kyiv weighed in on what migh await her.

Video RFE/RL Journalist Released From Azerbaijani Prison

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been released from prison in Azerbaijan after serving around 18 months -- her conviction was widely seen as politically motivated. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Savchenko Vows To Fight To Free Other Prisoners

Ukraine's Nadia Savchenko vowed to fight for the release of other prisoners still held by Russia.

Video Ukrainian Pilot Nadia Savchenko’s 708-Day Ordeal

After nearly two years in Russian jails, Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko was released in a prisoner swap on and returned to her homeland. Her ordeal lasted 708 days – many of which she spent on hunger strike -- and was punctuated by acts of defiance against the Kremlin and Russian courts.

Video Savchenko Defiant After Release By Russia

Freed Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko said she was prepared to continue fighting for her country. After nearly two years of imprisonment, she was released by Russia on May 25 in a prisoner exchange.

Video RFE/RL Journalist Ismayilova Walks Free From Azerbaijani Prison

RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova has been released from an Azerbaijani prison. She had already been jailed for 537 days on what press-freedom groups and international lawyers called politically-motivated charges. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Macedonian Protesters Spray Parliament Gates, Police Question Activists

Macedonia's parliament was the latest target for antigovernment protesters, as some were later called in for police questioning. On May 24, Several used toy water guns to spray paint on the gates of parliament and other government buildings, in what activists call their "Colorful Revolution."

Video 'You Are Not Alone' - Words Of Support For Ismayilova As Journalist Set To Turn 40 In Prison

Jailed Journalist Khadija Ismayilova gets words of support ahead of 40th birthday.

Video Taliban Bomb Kabul As New Leader Announced

Taliban militants marked the announcement of their new leader with a deadly suicide attack in Kabul. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Top NATO General Says Alliance Must Show Strength To Russia

General Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO's Military Committee, says Russia equates liberal democracy with weakness and only respects power. In an interview with RFE/RL in Brussels on May 24, the Czech general said that the alliance must be ready to act when necessary. (RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak)

Video Top NATO General Says Russia Sees 'Compromise As Weakness'

General Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO's Military Committee, says the alliance's planned buildup on its eastern flank is a response to Russian military actions in Georgia, Ukraine, and Syria. The Czech general spoke with RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak on May 24 in Brussels.

Video Georgia 'Huge Step Closer' To NATO As Drills Conclude

A Georgian unit joins NATO's rapid response force at the close of military exercises, hailed by the country's defense minister as a ''huge step'' closer towards the alliance. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Kyrgyzstan Uses Televised Renunciations In Islamist Fight

The authorities in Kyrgyzstan have a new tactic in the fight against Hizb ut-Tahrir, an international Islamist group that is banned in Kyrgyzstan. Over the last year, a number of people have appeared on TV -- apparently renouncing their membership of the group.

Video Refugee Uptick In Belgrade

Volunteers provided food, clothes, and shoes to refugees in central Belgrade -- amid indications that people smugglers are finding routes around the fences constructed to stop them. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Serbs Protest Journalist Sackings

Protesters said the dismissals of journalists at a public TV broadcaster in northern Serbia were politically motivated, following electoral gains by the country's governing party. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video 'Puppet Politicians' Behind Bars In Skopje

Macedonians made puppet effigies of politicians they want prosecuted for alleged wiretapping, and put them behind bars -- as nightly protests continued in Skopje. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video 'It's Disgusting' -- French Outrage At Russian TV Report

There is outrage in France over a Russian state television report that apparently manipulated interviews and footage in a report about a wave of French labor protests.

Video Referendum Bolsters President's Power In Tajikistan

Tajik authorities said constitutional amendments that allow President Emomali Rahmon to strengthen his grip on power have been approved in a referendum.

Video Video Purports To Show Mansur's Car In Flames

Video given to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal shows a car, allegedly used by slain Taliban leader Mullah Akthar Mansur, in flames. Mansur was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's Balochistan Province on May 21. The video also shows a passport allegedly used by Mansur, under a false name.

Video Moldovan LGBT March Ends After Attacks By Antigay Demonstrators

Gay-rights activists in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, clashed with a counterdemonstration of Orthodox Christian and traditional-family activists. Police said they were forced to stop the march due to security concerns, and the LGBT march participants were bused away for their own safety.

Video Drug-Import Restrictions Hit Russian Patients Hard

Russia has placed new restrictions on foreign-made drugs provided through state-funded health care. Officials have pledged that equivalent drugs produced in Russia will be made available. But some patients with serious illnesses have suddenly lost access to life-saving medications.

Video Kazakh Police Detain RFE/RL Reporter In Oral

Amid a crackdown on protests against changes to Kazakhstan's Land Code, police in Oral detained RFE/RL correspondent Sanat Urnaliev on May 21. He was released after being held for eight hours. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Kazakh Security Forces Crack Down On Land Code Protests

Kazakh security forces detained hundreds of journalists, activists, and demonstrators in a number of cities amid a call by the opposition for nationwide demonstrations against changes to Kazakhstan's Land Code. Crowds scattered in Almaty as police moved in to make arrests. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Far-Right Ukrainian Group Stages Smoky Protest In Kyiv

With smoke bombs and drums, some 3,000 members of Ukraine’s nationalist Azov Civilian Corps marched through the capital, Kyiv. In a show of force, members of the far-right group lit flares outside the parliament building.

Video Pakistani City Struggles To Cope With Rat Infestation

The northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar continues to struggle with an infestation of rats. The problem has become so bad that a hospital has opened a special ward to deal with rat bites, with over 350 cases reported in May alone. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Nurgazy Dreams Big ... And Wins

Thanks to all your votes, our video about Nurgazy — and his arduous journey to school — won a Webby award. He went to the United States to receive the prize. His message? Everyone can dream and win.

Video Anti-Immigrant Candidate Favorite As Austria Elects President

Presidential elections are taking place in Austria on May 22, with anti-immigration Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer leading in opinion polls. The Freedom Party has been on a surge since the refugee crisis of 2015, which Hofer has called a “Muslim invasion.”

Video Stalin Monument Recreated In Prague

A statue of Josef Stalin has reappeared in the Czech capital. It's the set for a film now in production about the sculptor who created a massive monument to the Soviet dictator, but committed suicide before its unveiling in 1955. The sculpture was destroyed in 1962.

Video Pakistan Suffers Blistering Heatwave

Pakistanis struggled to stay cool as temperatures rose above 45 degrees Celsius. Officials warned the early heatwave could lead to rapid melting of glaciers in the mountainous Kashmir region. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kyrgyz Broadcaster Defends LGBT Coverage

Kyrgyzstan's national public broadcaster defended programming that featured lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues. It came as protesters marched on May 19 to denounced media coverage of the LGBT communities. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

Video Macedonia Protests Continue As Government Cancels Snap Election

Macedonia's embattled government canceled early parliamentary elections scheduled for June 5. It came as protests in the capital, Skopje, continued on May 18. For more than a month demonstrators have been demanding the resignation of the country's President. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Ukrainians Remember Victims Of Tatar Deportation From Crimea

Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv on the evening of May 18 to commemorate the mass deportation of Tatars from Crimea in 1944. Some 200,000 people from the minority group were sent to Central Asia on the orders of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Corruption Whistle-Blower Has No Plans Returning To Chechnya

A man who asked for Russian President Vladimir Putin's help against corrupt local officials, said he has no plans to return to Chechnya.

Video Students, Artists Mark Anniversary Of Crimean Tatar Deportation

Students at Kyiv's National University marked the anniversary of the 1944 mass deportation of Crimean Tatars by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. While in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv, artists commemorated the anniversary. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Georgian, U.S. Tanks Train In NATO Exercise Near Tbilisi

Day eight of the joint NATO-Georgian military exercise known as "Noble Partner" featured live tank drills. At the Vaziani military base near Tbilisi on May 18, Georgian troops in Soviet-era T-72 tanks trained alongside their NATO counterparts in U.S. Abrams tanks. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Drug Charges For Baku Activists 'Trumped Up'

Two Azerbaijani activists who daubed graffiti on a statue of former President Heidar Aliyev face up to 12 years in prison on ''trumped up" drugs charges.

Video Policeman Killed, Several Injured In Pakistan Double Bombing

Two blasts in the northern Pakistani city of Peshawar killed one police officer and wounded 18 other people. The wounded included other police officers, rescue workers, and members of the media. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Locusts Destroy Large Area Of Crops In Southern Tajikistan

Tajik farmers in Farkhor, near the border with Afghanistan, said on May 18 that they had lost hundreds of hectares of wheat, watermelon, vegetables and other crops, due to an infestation of locusts. They said that the government had not provided funds to fight the pests as in past years.

Video Iran Targets Models, Bloggers In 'Values' Crackdown

Iran has arrested eight people and is investigating scores of models, bloggers, designers, and others in a crackdown on social media related to the fashion industry. Some of the detainees are reportedly women who posed online without the mandatory head scarf.

Video Old Ladies Were 'Praying' For Jamala's Eurovision Win

The parents of Jamala, the winner of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, said their daughter's victory has unified Crimean Tatars. The Ukrainian performer won the competition with her song 1944, about the deportation of 240,000 Crimean Tatars by Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Video Macedonian Activists Use Paint Slingshot To Target Government Building

Antigovernment protesters in Macedonia escalated their demonstrations in Skopje. On May 17, they used a giant slingshot to target the government headquarters with paint bombs, in the latest of nightly protests. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video 'Natural Family' Congress Opens In Tbilisi, Countering LGBT Actions

The 10th World Congress of Families has started in Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, bringing together Christian activists from around the world. The WCF was founded in the United States with the aim of protecting what organizers call "the natural family based on a marriage between a man and a woman."

Video Jamala Says Song More Artistic Than Political

Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala said her song was more about music and feelings than politics, speaking at a post-victory news conference in Kyiv.

Video LGBT Activists March With Politicians In Bosnia And Kosovo

In Sarajevo and Pristina, activists marked the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. Kosovo's President Hashim Thaçi marched with LGBT support groups, as did the U.S. and British ambassadors, and a vice president of the European Parliament. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Pakistan's Pagans Celebrate Spring From Mountain Perch

Sheltered by rugged mountains and treacherous roads, Pakistan's ancient pagan Kalash tribe celebrates spring. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Power To The People: Hazaras Hold Mass Protest In Kabul Over Electricity Project

The Afghan capital, Kabul, was flooded by tens of thousands of protesters from the country's Shi'ite Hazara minority. They are outraged that a major power project won't be going through the province of Bamiyan. (RFE/RL's Afghan Service)

Video Jamala Returns To Hero's Welcome In Ukraine

Eurovision winner Jamala returned to a hero's welcome at Kyiv airport. Jamala's song, 1944, told the story of the deportations of Crimean Tatars under Stalin -- and was widely seen as a comment on Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and subsequent repression of Crimean Tatars.

Video Eurovision Winner Inspired By Schindler's List, Unveils New Song

Ukraine's Jamala, a 32-year-old Crimean Tatar, says her winning performance at the Eurovision Song Contest was inspired by the soundtrack of the film, Schindler's List. She also previewed a new song at her post-contest news conference in Stockholm. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Protests For And Against Bosnian Serb Government In Banja Luka

Thousands of people demonstrated in Banja Luka, calling for the president of the Bosnian Serb entity, Milorad Dodik, and the government, to resign due to the poor economic situation and widespread corruption. Meanwhile, thousands of Dodik supporters rallied elsewhere in the city.

Video Russian TV Doesn't Get Ukraine's Eurovision Entry

Ukraine's Eurovision entry has reached the finals with a song about the suffering of Crimean Tatars forcibly deported under Josef Stalin. But seen through the prism of Russian state media, the song has a very different meaning.

Video Crimea Realities Chief Welcomes Unblocking Of Website

The chief of RFE/RL's Krym.Realii or Crimea Realities, says Russian authorities have unblocked access to the news website. The website's chief, Volodymyr Prytula, said in Kyiv on May 13 that no content was removed before the ban was lifted. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Intervision: The Soviet Eurovision

The Soviet Union briefly fielded its own song contest as a counterweight to Eurovision. Will Intervision ever take the stage again?

Video Macedonian Activists Still Going After Month Of Antigovernment Protests

Thousands of antigovernment protesters in Macedonia marched near the home of former Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski. On May 12, activists threw paint bombs at a portrait of Gruevski with the word "Mafia." It was the latest in four weeks of nightly demonstrations in Skopje. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video The Andijon Massacre -- What Happened?

It was the bloodiest day in recent Uzbek history, but what actually happened in Andijon?

Video Asadi's Perilous Journey From Iran To Europe

Living in Ahwaz, Iran, Mohammed Asadi feared he’d be sent by his government to fight in Syria’s civil war. He learned English by watching movies and set off on an arduous three-month journey to Europe. This is the story of Asadi’s journey.

Video Georgia's Mission In Afghanistan Takes Long View Toward NATO

Some 860 Georgian troops are serving in Afghanistan -- the largest foreign force in the country after the United States. But military leaders believe the strong contribution to security efforts in Afghanistan strengthens Georgia's bid for eventual NATO membership.

Video Jamala Condemns Latest Crimea Detentions

Ukrainian Eurovision contestant Jamala said her song about Josef Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars in 1944 was all the more relevant following more searches of homes and detentions of Tatars on the Russian-occupied peninsula on May 12.

Video Nations Cross Swords At Medieval Battle

Russians, Ukrainians, Americans, and others waged brutal but mostly bloodless war at the "Battle of the Nations" in Prague. The tournament pits teams of warriors against each other in medieval-era hand-to-hand combat.

Video Four Countries Launch $1 Billion Power Project In Tajikistan

Leaders of four countries launched a major power transmission project in Tajikistan that aims to supply energy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. They used golden wrenches to tighten bolts on a transmission tower about 70 kilometers west of the Tajik capital, Dushanbe. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Floods Destroy About 1,000 Homes In Dushanbe Suburbs

Heavy rains triggered floods in the suburbs of Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe on May 12. Residents watched helplessly as the rising waters submerged roads, fields, and houses. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Crimea Realities Chief Says Ban Won't Stop Website

Pro-Russian authorities in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula have blocked access to RFE/RL's news website, Krym.Realii or Crimea Realities. The website's chief, Volodymyr Prytula, said in Kyiv that there are ways for readers to get around the ban. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Ukraine's Eurovision Contestant Sings Of Crimea's Revival

Representing Ukraine, Jamala is the first-ever Crimean Tatar singer to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest. Titled 1944, her song is about Josef Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars to Central Asia.

Video Smash N' Grab -- Georgia's Brutal Game Of Lelo

Once a year, in a dusty Georgian village, hundreds of players battle it out for possession of an 18 kilo ball...

Video Militants Kill At Least 85 In Baghdad Suicide Bombings

More than 60 people were killed in a suicide bombing in a crowded outdoor market in Baghdad. A pickup truck packed with explosives went off on May 11. Two other bombings during the day killed at least 25 more. Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for the attacks. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video Georgia Hosts Military Exercises To Bolster NATO Cooperation

Joint military exercises with U.S., British, and Georgian troops have begun near Tbilisi. The formal opening ceremony on May 11 included a mass air drop of paratroopers. The exercises, named "Noble Partner 2016", are being held through May 26. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Son of Former Pakistani PM Thanks Rescuers

The son of a former Pakistani prime minister has left Afghanistan after being held by Al-Qaeda militants for three years. Ali Haider Gilani, the son of ex-premier Yusuf Raza Gilani, was freed in a joint operation by Afghan and U.S. commandos near the border with Pakistan on May 10.

Video Ukraine's Youngest Motorcyclist

Ukraine's youngest motorcyclist is only 3 ½ years old. Tima Kuleshov's parents hope that one day he can take his show on the road and compete abroad.

Video Ukraine's Crimean Tatar Eurovision Singer Shares Message Of Peace

Jamala, the Crimean Tatar singer representing Ukraine at the Eurovision Song Contest, is set to perform her song 1944 at the semifinals on May 12. The song, with lyrics in English and Crimean Tatar, is about Josef Stalin's deportation of Crimean Tatars to Central Asia.

Video The Many Uses For ‘Burning Water’

This springwater in Kochkor, Kyrgyzstan, catches fire at the strike of a match. But locals still drink it, in addition to using it as cooking fuel or a home remedy.

Video Ghani In Tajikistan For Hydroelectric Launch

The Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani, begins a two-day visit to Tajikistan as a major hydroelectric project is due to launch. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Polyglot London Singer Captures Pakistani Hearts With Urdu Hit

London-based Tanya Wells has learned songs from around the world, in multiple languages, just by ear. Her recent Facebook version of an Urdu classic has won her a huge fan following in Pakistan.

Video Parades, Flags and Stalin -- Victory Day In Former U.S.S.R.

Parades were held, flags waved, and Stalin celebrated -- as the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II was marked across the former Soviet Union.

Video Cheers Or Jeers? Pro-Kremlin Biker Club Rolls Through Prague

A pro-Kremlin biker club, Night Wolves, arrived in Prague on May 7 to a jeering crowd that included Czechs, Russians, and Ukrainians. Activists from Open Russia, founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, covered the event. They included the perspective of a Russian television reporter alongside their own.

Video Donetsk Parade May Violate Ukraine Peace Deal

A Victory Day parade in Donetsk by Russia-backed separatists featuring tanks, artillery, and rocket systems may violate the Minsk peace agreement, according to the OSCE. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Celebrating 30 Years Since The First Soviet Breakdance Festival

Some of the pioneers of the Soviet breakdance scene during perestroika show off their moves three decades later.

Video Funeral For Assassinated Pakistani Activist

Pakistani human rights activist Khurram Zaki, a vocal critic of Islamic extremism, was laid to rest after being gunned down in Karachi. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Fierce But Friendly Warriors Fight 'Battle Of The Nations'

A massive battle was under way in the Czech capital, Prague, as warriors wielded swords and battle axes in an imitation of medieval hand-to-hand combat. The competition, called "The Battle of the Nations," was founded in Ukraine and pits national teams against each other. (Margot Buff and Melanie Ba

Video Three Arrested Near Red Square In Latest Putin Mask Protest

Performance artist Roman Roslovtsev has inspired others to protest against Russian laws restricting public demonstrations by wearing a mask of President Vladimir Putin. But on May 5, he was met by police as he exited the metro station near Red Square, before he could even attempt to protest.

Video Macedonians Protest Alleged Cover-Up Of Student Killing

Macedonia's ''Colorful Revolution'' protests continued, with opposition supporters marking the fifth anniversary of a police killing that they say the authorities sought to cover up.

Video Syrian Migrants Serve Up Food, Culture In Turkey

Even as hundreds of thousands of Syrians in Turkey dream of a life further west, some are happy -- and thriving -- right where they are.

Video Residents Plant Gardens As Shells Fall In Avdiyivka

The people of Avdiyivka in eastern Ukraine have been surrounded by fighting for two years now. With Russia-backed separatists and government troops trading fire just kilometers away, locals do their best to carry on with their daily lives. (Olga Kalinichenko, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Afghan Protesters Demand Taliban Executions

Protesters took to the streets of Kabul to demand the death sentence for Taliban prisoners, following a deadly attack in the Afghan capital last month. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Undefeated: Kazakhstan's First Female Cage Fighter

Since exploding onto the cage fighting circuit eight months ago, Zamzagul Fayzollanova has won every one of her bouts. The 23-year-old is Kazakhstan's first female mixed-martial-arts fighter, and has quickly become a force to be reckoned with. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video U.S.-Moldovan Military Exercises Begin

Moldovan and U.S. troops began military exercises at a base near the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, aimed at strengthening inter-operability between the two countries' armed forces.

Video Springtime In The Tunnel Of Love

Near the Ukrainian village of Klevan, a humble train has created a tree tunnel that draws visitors from around the world.

Video Bosnian Man Digs For Bones Of Victims, Peace Of Mind

The remains of up to 1,000 victims of a 1995 massacre have yet to be found in the hills around the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. For nearly 17 years, one man has devoted his life to locating the bones of those who died in Europe's worst mass killing since World War II. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Bashing And Biting To Victory: Georgia's Annual Game Of Lelo

Once a year, hundreds of people in a small Georgian village spend the afternoon pushing, biting, and grappling with each other. Their goal is to move a 16-kilogram ball across one of the streams that flow at each end of the main street. This is the unique game of Lelo.

Video Macedonian Protests Continue Amid Corruption Scandal

At least 1,000 people protested in Skopje in the latest nightly demonstration after President Gjorge Ivanov pardoned politicians implicated in a corruption and wiretapping scandal. Protesters, who have dubbed the movement the "Colorful Revolution," threw paint at the city's criminal court.

Video Kazakhs Protest Over Land-Privatization Plans

Demonstrators gathered in the western Kazakh city of Oral to protest against plans to sell off publicly owned farmland beginning on July 1. Protests against the privatization plans have been spreading across Kazakhstan for two weeks. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video EU Enlargement Commissioner: 'Europe Is Built On Solidarity'

In an interview with RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak, EU Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn discussed prospects for further EU enlargement in the context of the current refugee crisis. Hahn said EU members must renew their commitment to solidarity.

Video EU 'Treating Everyone Equally' On Visa Liberalization

EU Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn spoke with RFE/RL correspondent Rikard Jozwiak in Prague on May 3. Discussing prospects for visa liberalization with the EU's eastern neighbors, Hahn said that Turkey is not receiving special fast-track treatment.

Video Jailed Iranian Activist Given Press Freedom Award In Absentia

On the eve of World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders honored imprisoned Iranian activist Narges Mohammadi at an event in Paris.

Video Crowds Greet Pakistani PM's Speech In Bannu

Security was tight as large crowds gathered in the Pakistani city of Bannu for a visit by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. People flooded the city center to learn about his government's plans to develop the region. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Iranian Poultry Farmers In A Flap Over Rising Costs

Struggling poultry farmers in Iran are in a flap over rising production costs, and they are demanding financial help from the government. Amateur video shot on May 2 showed farmers protesting outside the offices of the Iranian president. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda. Amateur video)

Video Kazakh Protests Spread As President Warns of Social Unrest

Protests in Kazakhstan against the planned privatization of agricultural land spread to other cities, as the president warned of the consequences of social unrest. Protesters in the city of Kyzylorda confronted local officials at a theater on May 1.

Video 'They Call Me Grandma': 40-Year-Old Uzbek Gymnast Headed For Seventh Olympics

Forty-year-old Uzbek-born gymnast Oksana Chusovitina has qualified for a record seventh Olympics.

Video Georgians Suffer As Breakaway Region Makes Land Grab

New boundaries have been marked along the dividing line with Georgia’s Russian-occupied breakaway region of South Ossetia, cutting off people on the Georgian side from their farmland, orchards, and neighbors. European Union monitors call the process “borderization,” and say it’s illegal.

April 2016

Video Siberian Ice Truckers

Meet Ruslan. For eight years he’s been running his truck up the frozen rivers of the Sakha Republic to supply remote villages with much-needed goods. Every trip is “a different adventure,” and the dangers of Siberia’s ice roads are very real.

Video What's Behind Macedonia's 'Colorful Revolution'?

Thousands of Macedonians have spent weeks protesting against the government in a movement being dubbed the "Colorful Revolution." What caused all the fuss?

Video Ukraine Far-Right Group Defaces KGB Monument

Activists from the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists defaced a Soviet-era monument dedicated to KGB officers in Kyiv. Members of the far-right group tried but failed to chisel off the nose of one face on April 28. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Putin Sells Everything from Coffee To Carpets

Despite massive economic problems and alleged corruption, Putin remains wildly popular with rank-and-file Russians.

Video Kazakh Police Break Up Activists' News Conference

Police in Almaty, Kazakhstan shut down a news conference called by activists who were discussing plans for protests in the city. About a dozen activists were detained when police intervened on April 29 outside Almaty's Press Club. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Police Disperse Kazakhs Protesting Land Privatization

More people gathered in Kazakhstan to protest against a government decision to privatize agricultural land. In the coastal town of Aktau on the Caspian Sea, police intervened and forced people to leave. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video New Kyrgyz Maximum Security Prison Opens In Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan has opened a new maximum security prison in the capital, Bishkek. It took about nine years to complete. The government demanded an acceleration in construction after a prison break at an older nearby facility last October. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

Video Civilians Die As Shells Rip Apart Cars Near Donetsk

Ukrainian government and Russia-backed separatist forces traded accusations about responsibility for a deadly shelling of civilians on a roadway near Donestsk. Local authorities reported at least five people died near a checkpoint in the separatist-controlled area.

Video Kazakhs In Two Cities Protest Land Privatizations

Protests were held in two Kazakh cities against a government decision to privatize agricultural land. At the rare public demonstrations in Kazakhstan, speakers called for the land to be kept in public hands and not rented to foreigners.

Video Belgrade Site For Refugees Demolished

A site in Belgrade that provided help to migrants and refugees has been demolished as part of a $3 billion waterfront development. Some of the refugees in the Serbian capital witnessed the dismantling of "Miksaliste" site by construction workers, who were accompanied by police.

Video Activists Call For Belarusian Nuclear Project To Be Scrapped

Activists in Minsk protested against the ongoing construction of a nuclear power plant in Belarus, on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Protesters used the annual "Path of Chernobyl" demonstration on April 26 to speak out against the plant being built in Astravets.

Video Macedonia's "Colorful" Protests Enter Third Week

Thousands marched again in the center of Skopje on April 26, with some setting fire to pictures of President Gjorge Ivanov. The protesters are calling this a "colorful revolution," and again some of them hurled paint at government buildings -- this time the justice ministry.

Video Afghans Demand Prosecution Of Suspected War Criminals

Protesters in the Afghan capital, Kabul, demanded that suspect war criminals in the country face justice. They called for the abolition of an amnesty law that prevents the prosecution of alleged war crimes committed in Afghanistan in recent decades. (RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Chernobyl's Lasting Jewish Legacy

Chernobyl is known as the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster. But the Ukrainian town has a much deeper meaning for a New Yorker named Yitz Twersky. He recounts his family history, which originated in what he calls "the seat of the Twersky Jewish dynasty." (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Returning Georgian Troops Honored For Saving U.S. Lives In Afghanistan

More than 100 Georgian troops returned home from Afghanistan. They were commended for saving several U.S. airmen during their seven-month tour of duty.

Video A Norwegian Village And Its Radioactive Reindeer

In 1986, radioactive dust clouds from an explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant reached Norway. The resulting contamination has lingered for decades. Sami reindeer-herdsmen and their herds in Snasa are still tested regularly for dangerous radiation levels.

Video Land Mines A Bitter Harvest For Donbas Farmers

Farmers in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region are facing the perils of planting spring crops in a conflict zone. After two years of war, thousands of mines and unexploded shells lurk beneath the soil. Before sowing their fields, local farmers must first rely on deminers to ensure their land is safe.

Video The Chernobyl Disaster: How It Happened

On April 26, 1986, a routine safety test at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine spiraled out of control. Follow the dramatic events that led to the world's worst civilian nuclear disaster.

Video Clooney Lays Flowers At Armenian Memorial In Yerevan

Hollywood star and human rights activist George Clooney joined the commemoration of the massacre of Armenians under the rule of the Ottoman Empire. With Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian he laid flowers in front of the eternal flame at the country's genocide memorial complex.

Video Rare Kazakhstan Protest Denounces Land Auction Plans

In the Kazakh city of Atyrau, around 1,000 people staged a rare public protest to denounce a government decision to sell land in auctions.

Video Serbian Prime Minister Vucic And Political Rivals Cast Their Votes

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and other political leaders marked their ballots in parliamentary elections on April 24. Vucic asked Serbian voters to endorse his drive toward the European Union while maintaining close ties with Russia. (RFE/RL’s Balkan Service)

Video Serbs Cast Ballots in Parliamentary And Local Elections

Serbians went to the polls on April 24 in early parliamentary elections to vote members of the country’s National Assembly. More than 6.7 million registered voters were also choosing councilors in local elections. (RFE/RL’s Balkan Service)

Video Armenians March In Torch-Lit Vigil

On April 23, thousands of Armenians commemorated the 101st anniversary of the beginning of mass killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey in 1915. The march started in the evening at Yerevan's Republic Square and ended at the capital's memorial complex. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Guarding Against Chernobyl's Radioactive Forest Fires

Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster, firefighters remain on high alert to prevent radioactive forest fires.

Video 'A Victory In The Battle For Fair Elections' In Moscow Suburb

Local elections set for April 24 in the wealthy Moscow suburb of Barvikha have been canceled amid reports of widespread voter fraud. The decision came shortly after the new head of the Russian Election Commission took office.

Video CSTO Military Exercises Target Islamic State Militant Threat

About 1,500 troops from Tajikistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia took part in a four-day military training exercise near Dushanbe. Collective Security Treaty Organization forces drilled against possible threats by Islamic State militants. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Living Off Irradiated Land

Vasyl Sokirenko is an ex-cop who chose to retire to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Now he tends to his plot of land -- beekeeping and growing vegetables. He’s one of a small group of “resettlers” who value the peace offered by life in the zone more than the threat of radiation.

Video Masked Anti-Putin Protester Detained Again In Red Square

Performance artist Roman Roslovtsev returned to Red Square to stage his latest masked protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin and a law on public gatherings. This time he was joined by a second protester. They were both arrested. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Skopje Protesters Call For 'Colorful' Revolution

Thousands of protesters in Skopje gathered for an eighth straight night of antigovernment demonstrations on April 20. Again they threw paint and sprayed graffiti and slogans -- some saying that they were staging a "colorful revolution" in Macedonia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Nurgazy's Webby Dream

Nurgazy's heartwarming story went viral. Now, he has the chance to win at the prestigious Webby awards.

Video Krasnapolle: Living In The Fallout Of Chernobyl

Thirty years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, not many people still live in the areas of Belarus most affected by the fallout. A hardy few remain in the Krasnapolle district in the country's east. RFE/RL Belarus Service recorded some of their stories.

Video A Resourceful Kyrgyz Man Beats High Energy Costs

Gas prices in Kyrgyzstan have ballooned in the past year. But Kenzhekul Zhumashev found an original way to deal with high costs -- he started producing homemade biogas.

Video Shakespeare Like You've Never Heard Him

Centuries after William Shakespeare wrote them, his plays are performed in a multitude of languages. To mark 400 years since Shakespeare's death on April 23, 1616, actors from the Balkans to Central Asia performed Hamlet's famous soliloquy for RFE/RL.

Video Chernobyl 'Liquidators' Make A Bitter Return

Emergency workers who responded to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 30 years ago returned to the scene of the event that changed their lives forever. Known as "liquidators," they shared stories of their experiences and their struggles for official recognition and compensation.

Video Six Unconventional Protests

Stand up for your rights. Or lie down. Or get naked. When you need more than words to be heard.

Video Russia-Led Alliance Opens Spying War Games In Tajikistan

Military intelligence units from five member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) gathered for training exercises in Tajikistan. (RFE/RL's Tajik Service)

Video Nearly 2 Million Children Targeted In Pakistan Polio-Vaccination Drive

Health officials in Pakistan hope to vaccinate nearly 2 million children over three days in a new drive to combat polio. In the past, campaigns have been suspended because health workers were targeted by Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Iraqi Forces Fight Islamic State Militants For Shi'Ite Town

Shi'ite militia fighters, backed by Iraqi government forces, battled Islamic State militants around Al-Bashir in Kirkuk Province on April 15. The town, with a mostly Turkoman population, was one of the only Shi'ite areas in Iraq under the rule of the militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video Flash Flooding Hits Iran

Flash flooding has hit western and southwestern Iran following days of torrential spring rainfall. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video Northern Iraqi Village Liberated From IS Militants

Islamic State militants have lost their hold on the northern Iraqi village of al-Nasr. After a 10 day battle, Iraqi soldiers and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters liberated the village. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video Sooty Child Labor In Afghanistan

They are kids whose faces are blackened by coal dust. Child labor is illegal in Afghanistan, but in the Nahrin district of northern Baghlan Province, children are performing dangerous and backbreaking work as coal miners. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan, Mustafa Sarwar, Zhakfar Ahmadi, Bashir Ahmad Ghazali)

Video Moscow Traffic Vigilantes Challenge Scofflaw Drivers

Moscow traffic is rated among the worst in the world. Some drivers will do anything to get ahead -- even driving on the sidewalk or along tram lines. With traffic police apparently not coping, activists are taking matters into their own hands using nothing more than video cameras and the Internet.

Video What Do Russians Want To Ask Putin?

On April 14, President Vladimir Putin will answer select questions from the public on live TV. Will these Russians get their answers?

Video Garbage Piles Up In Pakistani Town As Collectors Strike

Rotting garbage has been piling up this week on the streets of Bannu in northern Pakistan. Municipal garbage collectors have stopped gathering the trash until they are paid their salaries. They say they haven't been paid for four months. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video The Poet Who Lost His Arms And Gained A School

When Abdul Qadir Mujrim's arms were seriously injured in a work accident, he seized the chance to transform his life. His village in Pakistan's Balochistan Province had no school, so Mujrim created one. At the same time, he turned his love of poetry into another career as a writer.

Video The Last Days Of A Ukrainian Soldier

Dmytro Hodzenko was killed one day before he was due to be discharged from service in the Ukrainian army. He was on the front line to the very end.

Video A Tense Night In Eastern Ukraine's Trenches

Cease-fire violations are on the rise in eastern Ukrainian. Russia-backed separatists have shelled government positions near the city of Avdiyivka.

Video Demand High At Kyrgyz School Preparing Girls To Become Wives

A strict all-female boarding school in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, has one primary objective: to prepare Muslim girls to marry Muslim men. There are no boys or mobile phones around, but there are more girls trying to get in than the school can handle.

Video 'Call Me Joe' -- America's Stalin Recalls Soviet Childhood

Yosif Stalin Kim Roane has lived a lifetime named after one of history's bloodiest dictators. Now in his eighties, he recalls the forgotten history of African-Americans who went to live in the Soviet Union. (Current Time/VOA)

Video Spring Reveals Siberia's Rotten Roads

Roads and sidewalks in Siberian cities in Russia look like a battlefield. Snow is disappearing with the arrival of spring, but so is the pavement in many places. RFE/RL’s Current Time TV reporters Sergey Chudinov and Marina Myshko report from four cities on just how difficult it is to get around.

Video Kyrgyz Prime Minister Resigns

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Temir Sariev announced his resignation, but insisted he was innocent of corruption allegations made by one of his own ministers.

Video Armenians March To Honor Nagorno-Karabakh Dead

Thousands of people took to the streets of Yerevan to pay respect to ethnic Armenians killed in recent fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Video Can Armenians And Azerbaijanis Ever Be Friends?

Amid the recent flare-up in the Nagorno-Karabakh fighting, we asked people in Yerevan and Baku what they thought about each other.

Video Tear Gas Thrown At Inauguration Of Kosovo's President

Opposition protesters tried to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of Kosovo's newly elected president, Hashim Thaci, by throwing a tear gas. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Get Healthy! That’s An Order.

It’s that time of year when Turkmenistan rolls out its program for the Month of Health and Happiness campaign. Government employees, school children, and students are ordered to engage in physical exercise under the threat of losing their jobs.

Video Protester Arrested For Wearing Putin Mask In Red Square

Moscow police have once again arrested anti-Putin protester Roman Roslovtsev.

Video 'Call Me Joe' -- America's Stalin Recalls Soviet Childhood

Yosif Stalin Kim Roane has lived a lifetime named after one of history's bloodiest dictators. Now in his eighties, he recalls the forgotten history of African-Americans who went to live in the Soviet Union. (Current Time TV/VOA)

Video Afghan Migrant Makes It To His Promised Land -- Lithuania

A Lithuanian-speaking Afghan caused a sensation on YouTube last week in Lithuania, when he posted a video asking the president to give him asylum. On April 6, he arrived in Vilnius, hoping to begin a new life in the country.

Video Russian Politician Faces 'Hate Speech' Probe After Criticizing Putin

In Russia, criticizing the president can lead to criminal charges. Russian authorities have launched a hate-crime investigation against regional lawmaker Olga Li after she published a YouTube video accusing President Vladimir Putin of a "criminal conspiracy" against the Russian people.

Video Kyrgyzstan Marks Anniversary Of Bloody Revolution

Ceremonies were held in Bishkek as, for the first time, Kyrgyzstan marked the anniversary of its 2010 revolution with a national holiday.

Video Ukrainians React To Dutch Vote With Little Surprise

Dutch voters rejected the European Union's Association Agreement with Ukraine in a nonbinding referendum on April 6. A day later on the streets of Kyiv, many Ukrainians were not surprised by the rejection and lamented the state of their own country. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Lavrov Praises Cease-fire During Baku Visit

The Russian Foreign Minister praised the cease-fire between Azerbaijani and Armenian-backed separatist forces, as the two sides continued to accuse each other of breaking it.

Video Jobs And Hope For The Victims Of Acid Attacks

Hundreds of Pakistani women have been scarred and disfigured by attackers throwing acid. The effects can be devastating -- but a beauty salon in Lahore is offering survivors job training, employment, and a path to independence and confidence. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Panama Papers Protests: Iceland vs. Russia

How did Icelanders and Russians react to their respective officials being implicated in the Panama Papers scandal?

Video Panama Papers: Azeri President's Dealings Considered Business As Usual

The massive data leak from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca indicated that Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's wife and daughters have been secret shareholders in offshore companies with a multimillion-dollar property portfolio. The news has barely made a ripple on the streets of Baku.

Video Iraqis Flee Fighting With Islamic State Militants

More than 2,000 people have fled areas near Mosul, where Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are attempting to dislodge Islamic State militants.

Video Devastation In Nagorno-Karabakh Village

There were scenes of devastation in the village of Talish, in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, following rocket attacks that reportedly took place before a cease-fire was declared.

Video Possible Israeli-Made 'Kamikaze' Drone Spotted Over Nagorno-Karabakh

An RFE/RL camera in Azerbaijan's breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh captured what could be the first use of an Israeli-made "kamikaze" drone in combat on April 4. (RFE/RL Armenian Service cameraman Karen Chilingaryan)

Video Serbian Pensioners Rally To Protest Cuts

Several hundred pensioners gathered in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, to call on politicians to do more to help the elderly. They said recent cuts in state pensions have led some to the brink of starvation. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Cease-fire Appears To Be Holding In Nagorno-Karabakh

A cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenian-backed separatists was reported to have held overnight from April 4-5 in the disputed region. On April 6, Azerbaijan alleged that Armenia broke the ceasefire, but this could not be independently confirmed.

Video Sarajevo Celebrates With Giant Coffee Break

People in Sarajevo celebrated on April 6 the anniversary of the city's liberation from Nazi occupation in 1945. They were able to drink coffee from what is claimed to be the largest coffee pot in the world, holding some 650 liters of the beverage. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Dutch To Vote On Ukraine's Euro Dream

The Netherlands is holding a referendum on whether Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union should be ratified -- the political fallout from a "No" result could put pressure on the Dutch government to rescind its ratification.

Video A Cello Sonata For Offshore Companies

The major investigative report called the Panama Papers claims to have exposed the fortunes held in offshore accounts by a number of high-profile Russian figures. One of the central players is Sergei Roldugin, a famous cellist and a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

Video Enveloped By The Panama Papers

Here are some major figures and parties who have been implicated by The Panama Papers.

Video A Revived Frozen Conflict In Nagorno-Karabakh

Dozens have died since new fighting flared on April 2 in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh inside Azerbaijan. But the conflict has been simmering for decades. (RFE/RL, with Reuters video)

Video Muscovites React To 'Panama Papers' Implicating Putin

What do Muscovites think about the massive financial data breach called "The Panama Papers." The leak implicates Russian President Vladimir Putin in a money sheltering scheme, but Current Time TV correspondent Vadim Kondakov had a hard time finding people who have heard the news.

Video Deadly Blast Hits Basra

The southern Iraqi port of Basra was hit by a suicide car bomber, as Islamic State militants claimed responsibility for bombings across the country.

Video Help Arrives For Desperate Pakistani Bombing Victim's Family

Farman Ali from Pakistan's restive Swat Valley lost his hands when a suicide bomber struck in 2008. His wife has also been very ill, and the family has been desperate. But thanks to the kindness of strangers, the parents are now getting medical treatments, and their boys have hope for the future.

Video Deadly Floods Hit Northwest Pakistan

Torrential rains caused flooding that claimed dozens of lives in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province.

Video Ukrainians Lobby Dutch Ahead Of Referendum

The Ukrainian foreign minister joined campaigning in Amsterdam, days before the Dutch vote in a referendum on whether Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union should be ratified.

Video Closing Statements In Kyrgyz Revolution Trial

The defendants made their final statements in a trial relating to the 2010 revolt that toppled Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Video Armenian Forces Deployed In Martakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian troops fired shells from the town of Martakert in Nagorno-Karabakh on April 3, the second day of fighting in the disputed region. The forces traded fire with Azerbaijani troops on the opposite side of the line of control less than three kilometers away. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Sarkisian Calls For Military Cooperation With Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian addressed the National Security Council in Yerevan on April 2 after fighting erupted in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh inside Azerbaijan. Sarkisian said that 18 Armenian soldiers had been killed and 30 wounded in the fighting.

Video The Forgotten Soviet Prison Under Chisinau

An unremarkable building in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, conceals a secret: an underground prison where opponents of the Soviet regime were held and interrogated. The site was abandoned long ago, and few Moldovans know about the abuses committed there during the communist era.

Video Five Sentenced For Beating Azerbaijani Journalist To Death

A court in Baku sentenced five defendants to prison for beating to death a journalist last August after the victim had criticized a professional soccer player on social media. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Caring For Combatants And Canines: Ukraine's Doctors Do It All

How civilian doctors in Ukraine juggle care for military, civilians and animals.

Video Baku Residents Find Humor In Flooding

Residents of Baku posted videos of flooded streets and cars filling up with water after a rainstorm. The city's sewer system seemed unable to handle the deluge. (RFE/RL’s Azerbaijani Service)

March 2016

Video What Islamic State Militants Left Behind In Palmyra

AFP reporter Maher Al Mounes was one of the first journalists to enter Palmyra on March 27. Embedded with the Syrian Army, this is what he saw shortly after the ancient Syrian city was recaptured from Islamic State militants on March 27.

Video A Ukrainian Village Between Front Lines And Minefields

Only 10 people remain in the village of Syze, about three kilometers from territory held by Russia-backed separatists near Luhansk. The locals have a nickname for a hometown that they see as forgotten and useless: "The Appendix." (Andriy Dubchak, RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service)

Video The Daily Vertical: Exposed On Two Fronts

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video A Dangerous Gold Rush In The Kyrgyz Mountains

In Kyrgyzstan's Naryn region, hundreds of miners toil underground in brutal cold in search of tiny quantities of gold. Their mine is one of many operating illegally in the region, without safety regulations or guaranteed pay.

Video Where Do Europe's Migrant Children Sleep?

Swedish photographer Magnus Wennman met migrants across Europe. His photos show where, and under what conditions, children in these dire circumstances sleep.

Video Supporters Of Pakistani Governor's Assassin Clash With Police

Supporters of executed assassin Mumtaz Qadri riot in Islamabad.

Video Moldovans March For Unification With Romania

Frustrated with corruption and economic turmoil, thousands of Moldovans marched through the streets of Chisinau on March 27 to demand their country be reunited with Romania. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Syrians Remain Stuck On Macedonia-Serbia Border

More than 200 Syrian refugees remain trapped on Macedonia's border with Serbia after the closing of the so-called "Balkan route". For more than 20 days, they have lived in small camping tents, in cold, wet, and muddy conditions.

Video The Woman Behind Kabul's Joyful Orphanage

Music and laughter can be heard pouring out of an orphanage in Kabul. In a country torn apart by three decades of war, Andeisha Farid is trying to nurture a new generation in Afghanistan with education, culture, and joy. (Wali Sabawoon, Tamim Ahgar, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Bosnians Express Anger With Karadzic's Sentence

Many survivors of Bosnia's 1992-95 war have reacted with disappointment to a UN court verdict against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison after being convicted of war crimes and genocide on March 24. The court ruled Karadzic was criminally responsible for the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in which 8,000 Muslim men and boys were murdered. But the families of the victims say Karadzic should have been given a harsher sentence. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service, ICTY Video, TV Liberty)

Video The Turkmen President's Book Of Tea

Turkmen state television this week broadcast footage of smiling officials receiving a special gift from the president: a copy of his 35th book, a treatise on tea.

Video Heavy Rain Causes Fatal Mudslides In Pakistan

Four laborers became the latest casualties in Pakistan, where two weeks of heavy rain has led to around 80 deaths. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Pakistani Hindus Celebrate Holi

It's that time of year again... Hindus in Pakistan have been throwing colored powder at each other to celebrate Holi. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Belgium Residents Respond To Attacks

Belgians, including a Muslim cleric and a local artist, give their thoughts a day after suspected Islamic extremists killed at least 31 people in suicide bombings in Brussels. They were speaking at a community gathering to honor the dead in the center of Brussels.

Video Karadzic Honored On Eve Of Verdict

A student dormitory has been named after Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic -- just as the UN war crimes tribunal prepares to reach its verdict in the war crimes trial where he faces charges of genocide, rape, and murder.

Video Migrants See No Easy Way Out Of 'The Jungle'

The French government recently tried to close the so-called "Jungle" by offering alternative accommodation to those still waiting in vain for entry into Britain. It hasn't worked.

Video Ukrainian Journalist Buried 16 Years After Killing

Relatives of Heorhiy Gongadze say questions still need to be answered about who ordered his killing and why, 16 years after his headless corpse was found in a wood near Kyiv.

Video Hope Fades For Afghans Stuck At Border Camp

Thousands of people are stranded in Idomeni, Greece, at a makeshift camp by the Macedonian border, now closed to migrants. Among the residents are Afghan citizens who have little chance of receiving asylum in Europe. As they wait in limbo, they contend with dire conditions and food shortages.

Video Protesters Allege Kosovar Prime Minister Threatened Journalist

Journalists in Kosovo protested after allegations the country's prime minister threatened one of their colleagues -- for breaking the story about his brother claiming asylum in Germany. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Construction Company Paves Over Moscow Residents' Objections To New Road

Some Moscow residents are furious about plans to build a new highway through their neighborhood. They've tried to block the construction, but have been pushed aside by plain-clothed security men to make way for the bulldozers. Welcome to the urban planning process, Moscow-style.

Video Bosnia War Victims Depart For Hague Ahead Of Karadzic Verdict

Members of an association of Bosnian war victims departed for The Hague, where the UN war crimes tribunal is due to deliver its verdict in the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic on Thursday.

Video The Daily Vertical: Another Freedom At Risk

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video Czech Students Grapple With Kremlin Propaganda

There's a new subject on the syllabus at some schools and colleges in the Czech Republic: how to identify Kremlin propaganda.

Video A Man and His (Cardboard) Tank

Artak Gevorgian calls it street art. But to authorities, it's hooliganism.

Video The Daily Vertical: Weaponization By Any Other Name

The Daily Vertical is a video primer for Russia-watchers that appears Monday through Friday.

Video Crowds Celebrate Norouz In Kabul

Large crowds took part in festivities in Afghanistan's capital to mark Norouz, the new year on the Persian calendar. Participants in the celebrations raised a prayer pole symbolizing the seventh-century Caliph Ali at the Karte Sakhi mosque. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Crimean Tatars March In Prague On Second Anniversary Of Annexation

Members of the Crimean Tatar community marched in the Czech capital, Prague, on March 19 to mark the second anniversary of Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine. The Crimean Tatar minority has been strongly critical of the annexation.

Video Russian Emergency Workers Search Wreckage At Plane Crash Site

Emergency workers searched through the remains of a passenger plane that crashed while trying to land in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don early on March 19. All 62 people on board the plane were killed. Grieving relatives were gathered at the airport near the crash site. (Reuters)

Video Pakistani Rangers Injured In Karachi Attack

Three security personnel were injured, one seriously, in an attack on a check point in Pakistan's commercial hub of Karachi. The March 18 attack with a small homemade explosive was the third of its type on the paramilitary Ranger Force in the city since last week.

Video Ukraine Takes Down Largest Remaining Lenin Statue

A city in Ukraine bid good riddance to the country's largest remaining statue of Vladimir Lenin. It took a crane to lift the 20 meter-tall, 40-ton statue of the Soviet leader from its pedestal in the city of Zaporizhzhya. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video In Azerbaijan, Economy Casts Shadow Over Norouz Holiday

Azerbaijanis are getting ready for Norouz, the New Year's holiday that coincides with the beginning of spring. But many people are worried about how rising prices will impact their family celebrations. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video On Norouz In Afghanistan, 'Our Friends Are Not With Us'

Just before Norouz, the Persian New Year, residents of Kabul shared their hopes for peace in the coming year -- and their sadness over insecurity, poverty, and the emigration of loved ones. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Maria Alyokhina: The Fracturing Of Pussy Riot

Two years after the release of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from jail, what remains of Pussy Riot?

Video Iraqi Troops Reportedly Prepare For Offensive To Recapture Mosul

Iraqi troops and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters reportedly have been preparing for an offensive to retake the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. On March 16, the soldiers took part in training about 40 kilometers from the city. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video A Ukrainian-Georgian 'Dance Battle'

Dancers from two celebrated groups -- Ukraine's Virsky Ensemble and Georgia's Rustavi Ensemble -- are touring Ukrainian cities with an acrobatic dance showdown. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Afghan Activists Relive The Killing Of Farkhunda Malikzada

A human rights group in Kabul staged a reenactment of the brutal beating of Farkhunda Malikzada, who was killed by an angry mob one year ago. The 27-year-old student of Islamic law was pummeled to death and her body was burned after she was falsely accused of destroying a copy of the Koran.

Video Ukraine's President Calls EU Visa Liberalization A 'Win-Win'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told RFE/RL in Brussels that Kyiv has completed the reforms needed to move forward on implementing visa-free travel to the European Union.

Video Poroshenko Calls EU Sanctions For Russia An 'Effective Reaction' To Savchenko Case

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has called on the EU to move forward with proposed sanctions on Russia over the imprisonment of Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. Poroshenko told RFE/RL in Brussels that Savchenko's continued detention in Russia is a "brutal violation of international law."

Video Artists Support Fellow Peace Activists Outside Moscow Court

Supporters of artists arrested at a recent antiwar protest in Moscow staged an open air creative meeting. On March 16, members of the "No Peace" movement sketched and painted outside the court house where hearings on their fellow artists were taking place. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Prince Charles Lands In Belgrade On Balkan Tour

Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla arrived in Belgrade on March 16 as part of their six-day tour of the Balkans. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic and other officials received the couple at the capital's airport. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video High Hopes For The Norouz Season In Tajikistan

People in Tajikistan are looking forward to Norouz -- the Persian New Year -- and everything that the holiday season brings, from family celebrations to booming business. RFE/RL's Tajik Service asked residents of Dushanbe what the holiday, celebrated on March 21, means to them.

Video Pakistani Bus Attack Kills Civil Service Commuters In Peshawar

At least 15 people were killed and more than 20 injured in an explosion on a bus in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Police said that a bomb had been planted on a bus carrying provincial civil service workers. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Migrants Sent To Macedonian Camp After Fleeing Greece

A few dozen refugees and other migrants were sent to the Vinojug camp in Macedonia after hundreds fled an overcrowded Greek camp and forded a river to cross the border. Police detained hundreds of people and sent the majority back to Greece. (RFE/RL's Macedonian Unit)

Video Georgian Student Protesters Occupy University Offices

Rival protests were continuing in Tbilisi on March 15 over a candidate for the chancellor of Tbilisi University who has ties to former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Ukrainian Fashion Model Breaks Barriers To Get To New York

Model Alexandra Kutas is trying to forge a career in a demanding industry. She's had an unlikely path to the runways of New York. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Iraqis Seek Treatment After Reported Chemical Attack

Medical facilities were overrun with patients a day after a reported chemical weapons attack by Islamic State militants on the Iraqi town of Taza. (RFE/RL's Radio Farda)

Video Rival Student Protesters Scuffle In Tbilisi

Turmoil continued at Tbilisi University, as rival groups of students clashed on the campus. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Scarred By Acid, Pakistani Women Find Support At Beauty Salon

Noreen Jabbar's estranged ex-husband threw acid in her face two years ago. Like hundreds of Pakistani women who have endured similar attacks, she suffered disfiguring scars. But Noreen and many other victims of violence have received medical care and job training, all thanks to a local entrepreneur.

Video Just Another Day In Paradise

This is the social media fantasy peddled by Assad’s regime.

Video Skiing On One Leg: The Popular Rescuer in Kazakhstan

Aleksei Retivykh is on the rescue crew at the Kazakh ski resort Chimbulak, near Almaty. At the age of 11, Aleksei lost a leg, but he found the strength to become an expert skier after that. Today, he's well known not only at the resort but also on social networks in Kazakhstan.

Video Georgian Student Protest Faces Off With Police

The campus of Tbilisi University was in turmoil, as protesting students prevented the election of a new senate chancellor. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Hundreds Stranded In Macedonian Mud

The decision to close borders to migrants across the Balkans has not only stranded tens of thousands in Greece -- in northern Macedonia, hundreds of Afghans are unable to cross the border into Serbia. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video The Village On The Front Line Of The Migrant Crisis

We spoke to residents of Moria, a small Greek village that has found itself the unlikely host of tens of thousands of migrants passing through on their way to Europe. What do they think of what’s going on in their backyard?

Video Can A Beard Get You In Trouble In Tajikistan?

In Tajikistan, some men say they've been detained for having long beards and forced to shave. Tajik police deny that they've targeted beard-wearers, but they are keeping close watch for what they believe to be potential signs of extremism -- even facial hair.

Video Migrants Stuck On Border Head To Athens For Way Out

Some migrants and refugees who have been stranded for more than a week on Greece's border with Macedonia, have decided to go to Athens instead. Buses arrived to take the migrants to the Greek capital for 25 euros each, getting them away from the dire conditions in the makeshift border camps.

Video Poisoned Truth: Kazakhs Relocated Amid Pollution Claims

Kazakhstan has relocated hundreds of people from a village near one of the world's largest oil and gas fields, but authorities continue to deny it has anything to do with mass fainting incidents. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Serb War-Crimes Suspect Burns EU, NATO Flags In Belgrade

Hard-line Serbian nationalist leader and war-crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj defied the Hague tribunal with a public appearance in Belgrade. Surrounded by supporters, he held up burning EU and NATO flags on the steps of a courthouse in the Serbian capital. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video McCain: Syrian War And Refugee Crisis Among Biggest Challenges Faced By West In 70 Years

U.S. Senator John McCain says Syria and the flood of refugees among biggest crises faced by the West since World War II.

Video Determined To Leave Afghanistan, Even As Europe's Borders Close

Slovenia, Croatia, and Macedonia have closed their borders to migrants along a major land route toward the EU. But in the Afghan capital, Kabul, many young people are still preparing to leave for Europe, a decision they say is born out of desperation. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Macedonia Shuts Door Completely To Migrants And Refugees

The Macedonian side of the border zone with Greece remained empty on March 9, after the government in Skopje closed entry to any refugees and migrants. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Anti-Russian Protesters Mark Savchenko Trial With Eggs, Flag Burning

Protests were staged in Ukrainian cities to show support for pilot Nadia Savchenko, whose trial on murder charges was concluding in Russia. A Russian flag taken from the consulate in Lviv was set alight, while protesters pelted the Russian embassy in Kyiv with eggs. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Savchenko Gives Court Defiant Gesture In Final Statement

Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko refused to recognize the authority of the Russian court where she is on trial for murder. In her final statement to the court, she jumped up on her bench and made an obscene gesture. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Pakistani Cricketer Bowls Them Over With Prosthetic Leg

The dream of many Pakistani kids is to play cricket for the national team. Sher Ali Afridi lost a leg when he was a small boy, but it didn't stop him from excelling at the sport he loves. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Afghan, Pakistani Women Empower Themselves

It's an everyday struggle being a woman in South Asia, but these women have taken their lives into their own hands -- and are thriving.

Video  Migrants In Greece React To Possible EU-Turkey Deal

Three Iraqis stuck at a camp in the Greek town of Idomeni on Macedonia's border reacted with dismay to a possible deal on migrants between the European Union and Turkey. The draft agreement envisions a plan that would send thousands of migrants in Greece back to Turkey. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Ukraine's Female Soldiers Fight For Equality On The Battlefield

Around 100 female recruits are training at a camp near Lviv to become full-time members of the Ukrainian Army. They don't know whether their unit will be sent into combat, but these soldiers are already winning their first battle -- proving that they have the same skill as their male counterparts.

Video Floods Destroy Bridges, Houses In Serbia

The big cleanup was under way after floods in Novi Pazar, in southwest Serbia. As the water receded, it left a trail of mud and destruction. Two bridges were swept away and 100 houses inundated. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Pakistan Mothers Demand Judicial Inquiry Of School Massacre

The mothers of schoolchildren killed in a 2014 Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar are petitioning for a full judicial inquiry -- citing dissatisfaction with the government-run investigation. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Protesters Demand Savchenko Release

Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kyiv to demand that Russia release detained Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko.

Video First McDonald's Opens In Kazakhstan

Twenty-six years after opening its first branch in Moscow, the U.S. fast-food chain has flipped its first burgers in Central Asia. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Kaplan: Romanian-Moldovan Reunification 'Casus Belli' For Russia

U.S. foreign affairs writer Robert Kaplan says Russia would see the oft-mooted reunification of Romania and Moldova as a cause for war. Kaplan was speaking to RFE/RL following the release of his latest book, In Europe's Shadow, a history of Romania.

Video Pakistani 'Genghis Khan' Champions Women's Rights On The Squash Court

Pakistan's top female squash player wants to defeat discrimination against women.

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Video Suicide Bomber Strikes In Northwestern Pakistan

At least 12 people were killed, and more than 20 were injured, in a suicide attack outside a court building in northwestern Pakistan. There was heavy damage at the scene in the town of Shabqadar, including the charred remains of at least two vehicles. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Protesters In Kyiv Demand Russia Release Ukrainian Pilot

Thousands of people rallied in Kyiv's Independence Square on March 6 to demand Russia release Ukrainian pilot Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Schoolboy Scavengers In Kyrgyzstan

Twelve-year-old Nurbek and his friends scour a landfill near Bishkek, collecting metal from the garbage. Some have even quit school to support their families

Video Preparations For Formula 1 Transform Historic Baku

The Azerbaijani capital, Baku, is preparing to host its first Formula 1 Grand Prix in June. The race route runs through parts of the city's historic center, where some cobbled streets have been covered in fresh asphalt. Some residents fear the Old City's character has been harmed in the process.

Video Migrants Battle Wet And Cold At Idomeni

Dawn in the migrant camps on the Greek border with Macedonia saw groups of people huddled around fires and bailing out their tents. Around 10,000 are stranded after Macedonia reduced the daily flow of people across the border to a trickle. (Reuters)

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Video Upcycling, Refugee-Style

Floor and her designer-friend Didi now teach incoming refugees on the Greek island of Lesbos how to turn inflatable dinghies into bags they can use to continue their journey to Europe.

Video Protesting Refugees Block Train At Greece-Macedonia Border

More than 10,000 refugees and migrants remained stuck on the Greek side of the border with Macedonia, in increasingly dire conditions. Hundreds took part in a demonstration in the town of Idomeni, at one point blocking a freight train from traveling into Greece. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

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Video Tajik Men 'Forced To Shave Beards'

The authorities in Tajikistan have denied launching a clampdown on beards -- despite numerous reports from men that they have been forced to shave by police. The reports come amid increasing concerns about Islamic extremism in the Central Asian country.

Video Vox-Pop: Bandera Avenue Or Moscow Avenue?

What do some Ukrainians make of proposals to rename Kyiv's Moscow Avenue after the controversial World War II-era nationalist leader, Stepan Bandera?

Video Civilians, Militants Killed In Attack On Indian Consulate In Afghanistan

A deadly suicide attack targeted the diplomatic district in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad. An explosives-filled vehicle was detonated outside the entrance to the Indian consulate compound at midday on March 2. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video U.S. General Nicholson Takes Command Of Forces In Afghanistan

U.S. Army General John W. "Mick" Nicholson took over command of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Nicholson succeeds General John F. Campbell, who oversaw the end of the international combat mission in 2014 and an escalation in the insurgency by Taliban militants. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan

Video Macedonia Minister Tours Migrant Site With Slovak PM

Macedonia's interior minister received a first-hand view of the migrant crisis in his country, which has started to strictly limit the number of people passing through. Oliver Spasovski joined visiting Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and his interior minister, Robert Kalinak, to have a look.

Video Chaos On Lesbos As Migrants Keep Coming

Migrants continue to arrive on the Greek island of Lesbos, but most are now unable to leave -- threatening to turn the island into an overcrowded holding pen. Ferries to Athens have been halted, as the rest of the Balkans is blocked by fences and other restrictions.

Video 'They Don't Care About Us' -- Blind Girls In Pakistani Province Denounce Discrimination

Blind girls in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkwa Province say they are victims of discrimination by being denied access to secondary education.

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Video A Snowy Trek On Horseback To Teach School

Every day, Kenesh Shorukov wakes up before dawn and rides his horse across the rugged terrain of northern Kyrgyzstan. His goal: to get to class on time and set a positive example for his students. (Ulanbek Egizbaev and Ulan Asanaliev, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service)

February 2016

Video Migrants Try To Storm Greek-Macedonian Border

Crowds of migrants tried to storm through the border from Greece to Macedonia on February 29, tearing down a gate before Macedonian security forces responded with tear gas.

Video Sold By His Parents, Given To The Taliban

Eleven-year-old Yahya's parents sold him to people-smugglers in Afghanistan for around $10,000. His captors then turned him over to the Taliban, who trained him to be a suicide bomber. Yahya had the courage to escape, but there are many other children like him who fall into traffickers' clutches.

Video The Great Wall Of Ukraine

Ukraine wants to build a wall along its border with Russia to protect the country from a potential Russian attack.

Video Minsk Market Traders Protest Against New Rules

More than 300 people gathered in central Minsk, to protest new rules for non-food market stalls. The February 28 rally was held to protest a new regulation that small private businesses should obtain certificates guaranteeing the quality of their products and also show proof of origin.

Video Protests Spread In Pakistan After Qadri Execution

Protests erupted in Pakistan after the execution of Mumtaz Qadri, a police officer who gunned down the liberal governor of Punjab Province in 2011. In Islamabad, dozens of protesters blocked the main road leading to Rawalpindi. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Tear Gas Used As Migrants Rush Greece-Macedonia Border Fence

Macedonian police fired tear gas as migrants stormed a fence on the border between Greece and Macedonia. Police launched several rounds of tear gas into the crowds who tore open a metal gate as they tried to break through. (Reuters)

Video Protests Erupt As Pakistan Hangs Qadri

There were protests in Pakistan as it was announced that the country's most notorious death row prisoner had been executed. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video March In Moscow Honors Murdered Kremlin Critic Boris Nemtsov

Thousands of people marched in Moscow in honor of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov on the first anniversary of his murder. Marchers chanted slogans including "Russia without Putin!" and "Putin is a disgrace to Russia."

Video Georgians Show Support For Striking Miners

Georgians rallied in the capital, Tbilisi, to show their support for striking miners. Activists have set up booths to raise money for the miners, who were in 13th day of their walkout in the western city of Tkibuli. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Potential Kosovo Presidential Vote Sparks Protests In Pristina

Kosovo's parliament looked set to vote on the election of Hashim Thaci, the current foreign minister and former guerrilla leader, as the next president. The possible election of Thaci has sparked protests in the capital Pristina. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video This 13-Year-Old Kyrgyz Girl Supports Her Whole Family

13-year-old Aichurek Sulaimanova is the sole breadwinner for her family in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Aichurek collects plastic bags after school to provide for her disabled mother and younger brother.

Video Tough Questions For Son Of Russia's Chief Prosecutor

Artyom Chaika is a wealthy businessman and the son of Russia's prosecutor-general, Yury Chaika. In a documentary released by opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, he's accused of getting rich through corrupt family dealings. An activist confronted Artyom Chaika to press him for a response

Video Hope For Kids Made Destitute After Blast Kills Father

Two Pakistani girls, aged eight and six, sold bread to keep their family after a suicide blast killed their father. But now there's hope for a better future. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Russia & Me: Former Post-Soviet Leaders' Views On Crimea's Annexation

On February 27, 2014, Russian troops wearing uniforms without insignia took control of the main government buildings in Crimea. RFE/RL's Anna Sous interviewed 12 former post-Soviet leaders and seven gave her their views on the events surrounding Crimea's annexation by Russia.

Video Young Afghan Messi Fan Gets Real Jerseys From Soccer Star

A five-year-old Afghan boy has received two signed jerseys from Lionel Messi after his homemade tribute made the young fan a darling of the Internet. Murtaza Akhmadi sparked an international media hunt after a photo of him wearing a Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag.

Video Migrants Pile Up At Serb-Macedonian Border

As countries across the Balkans prevent migrants crossing their frontiers, large numbers of people are finding themselves stuck at various border crossings. At the Macedonian transit camp in Tabanovce, just south of the Serbian border, hundreds of people are stranded. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Russia Delivers AK-47s And Ammunition To Afghanistan

Afghanistan took delivery of 10,000 automatic rifles and millions of rounds of ammunition as a gift from Russia. A Russian military transport plane made the delivery to Kabul's airport on February 24. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Wounded Syrian Civilians Pour Into Turkey

Syrian combatants might be on the verge of a truce -- but until the deal goes into action, civilians continue to suffer the worst of the fighting. In Turkey's border region, hospitals and officials are struggling to cope with an influx of wounded and desperate people.

Video Miners Strike In Georgia Turns Violent

A protest by about 1,000 Georgian miners grew violent as the workers demanded better pay and improved working conditions. Some broke into the grounds of the GIG Group mining company in the city of Tkibuli on the 11th day of their strike.

Video Kyrgyz Islamic School Leaders Face Certification Process

The commission that oversees Islamic schools in Kyrgyzstan has begun a process that is expected to force most of the headmasters out of their jobs. The Religious Certification Commission has required that teachers and headmasters at the country's madrasahs appear before an formal assessment panel.

Video Bodies Of Serbs Killed In Libya Returned To Belgrade

The bodies of two kidnapped Serbian Embassy staff members have been repatriated from Libya. The two were reported killed along with dozens of others on February 19 by U.S. air strikes on a suspected Islamic State training camp where they were being held in Libya. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Ukraine's 'Project Wall' Digs In As Frontline Defense Against Russia

Ukraine is attempting to build a barrier along the whole of its 2,000 kilometer land border with Russia, to hinder a potential attack. "Project Wall" is ambitious and, so far, only partially constructed. RFE/RL's Current Time TV went to take a look.

Video Snow Plows Disrupt Business Owners' Protest In Minsk

As owners of small businesses demonstrated against new government regulations in the Belarusian capital, a fleet of snow plows drove up close by, setting off scuffles with the protesters. (RFE/RL's Belarusian Service)

Video Caught In The Act: One Kazakh Teacher's Shameless Pitch For Bribes

A college teacher in southern Kazakhstan was recorded soliciting bribes from her students. Confronted about it afterwards, the teacher said she only charges slackers.

Video Fake Rape Story Exposes Russian Media Manipulation

A Russian TV report about a 13-year-old Russian girl being raped by migrants in Berlin provoked a diplomatic storm and led to protests across Germany -- before it was shown to be completely untrue.

Video Children Despair At Syrian Refugee Camp

At an overcrowded Syrian refugee camp on the border with Turkey, children talk about the horrors they have escaped from.

Video Pakistani Artists Demand More Government Support In Peshawar

Artists in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar gathered to demand more support from the provincial government. They said that authorities from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province had excluded "deserving artists" from their financial assistance program. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Russian Bank Attacked In Kyiv

Right-wing Ukrainian nationalists attacked a branch of privately-held Alfa-Bank in Kyiv on February 20. It was just one of a series of attacks on Russian banks in the capital, as well as Lviv and Mariupol. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Syrian Refugees Flee Air Strikes

With Syrian government forces advancing on the city of Aleppo, thousands of people have been fleeing north towards the Turkish border.

Video Afghan Woman Breaks New Ground In South Asian Games

Sumaya Ghulami was one of Afghanistan's heroes of the recent South Asian Games. She's the first Afghan woman to win a gold medal in Taekwondo at the competition. She says she is competing for her country, her family and for Afghan women. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Karimov Says You Can't Stop The Internet

Uzbek President Islam Karimov has gone off script once again -- this time telling officials about the impossibility of restricting the Internet despite the country’s frequent censorship practices.

Video Living Next Door To Islamic State Extremists

What's it like to have violent extremists as neighbors? Villagers in Karkamis, southeastern Turkey, live within arm's reach of the Syrian border -- and territory held by the Islamic State militant group.

Video Food Policy Showdown: France Vs Russia

On December 10, 2015, France’s parliament passed a law banning supermarkets from wasting food. Meanwhile in Russia, bans on many Western imports mean food continues to be destroyed by the ton.

Video Lights Out In Baku

The decline in global oil prices has led to a sharp decrease in the value of the Azerbaijani manat. Now, Baku must find new ways to cut costs.

Video Kazakh Protesters Scuffle With Police After Killing Of Boy

Demonstrators stood off with riot police in the southern Kazakh village of Buryl, demanding justice after the killing of a 5-year-old boy. The suspect in the killing is a Meskhetian Turk, and the case has reportedly sparked reprisal attacks against other members of the minority.

Video Kazakh President’s Awkward Shopping Trip

Awkwardness ensued as Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbaev toured a new French-owned supermarket in the country's biggest city, Almaty.

Video A Turkish Village In The Shadow Of Islamic State Militants

Villagers in Karkamis, southeastern Turkey, can see the flags flown by the Islamic State militant group just across the border in Syria. A newly built wall separates them from extremist-held territory, but not from the rockets that land in their village. (Shahida Yakub, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Kosovo Celebrates Independence Day With Parade

The Republic of Kosovo marked the eighth anniversary of its declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17. Marching bands led a parade in the capital, Pristina. In 2008, Kosovo declared itself a sovereign country, nearly a decade after fighting a war with Belgrade in the late 1990s.

Video Kosovo's Independence Monument Gets Annual Redesign

Kosovo's independence monument has a new look for 2016. The three meter-high letters spelling out the word NEWBORN were installed in Pristina in 2008, and have been redesigned each year. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Squatting In Pervomaysk -- Finding Refuge In Eastern Ukraine

Some residents of Pisky and other neighboring villages in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine have moved to the nearby village of Pervomaysk for the winter. Some stay in once-abandoned but still livable dwellings there.

Video Lights Out In Baku: Austerity Dims Azerbaijan's Capital

To save money, Baku has turned off public lighting at night. The capital of Azerbaijan has often promoted itself to tourists as the "Bright Lights of Baku." But the recent economic crisis and the dive in oil prices have forced the country to tighten its purse strings. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Discovered Mozart-Salieri Composition Performed In Prague

A 1785 collaboration between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his legendary rival composer Antonio Salieri has been performed in Prague. Long thought to have been lost, it was discovered last year in the archives of the Czech National Music Museum.

Video Man Vs Truck: Beer-Busting Russian Takes On Imports

Stas Baretsky is known for going on the warpath against Western goods. This time, he hits the road to block trucks he suspects of carrying banned imports into Russia.

Video See Oligarchs' Mansions On The London 'Kleptocracy Tour'

How do the wealthiest citizens of post-Soviet countries keep their money safe? For some, it's simple: just buy a palatial home in London. To show the public how it's done, anticorruption campaigners took journalists on a "Kleptocracy Tour" of London residences owned by foreign oligarchs.

Video Wounded Syrians Flood Turkish Hospital After Strikes

The town of Azaz in northern Syria has been battered from multiple sides. Turkish forces have targeted the town from across the border in recent days, while air strikes, suspected to be Russian, caused widespread damage. Across the border in Kilis, Turkey, a small hospital is struggling to cope.

Video Afghan Forces Move Against Islamic State Militants In Nangarhar

Afghan troops have completed an operation against militants linked to the Islamic State extremist group in Nangarhar Province. The Defense Ministry said that troops killed more than 40 militants during the three-day operation in Achin district. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video University In Pakistan Reopens After January's Deadly Attacks

Students and staff returned to Pakistan's Bacha Khan University amid very tight security, less than a month after a militant attack that killed 22 people. Those entering the campus near Peshawar had to cross through a column of armed guards and metal detectors, as the university reopened.

Video Ski Afghanistan: A Challenge Unlike Any Other

Skiers in search of the next challenge might want to consider a place that is unlikely to come to mind: Afghanistan. Locals -- including women in this traditionally conservative country -- have already been drawn to the frozen fun on the slopes of Bamiyan. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video New Shelling Near Donetsk In Eastern Ukraine

In the latest uptick in violence in eastern Ukraine, heavy weapons fire was heard early on February 13 near the Maryinka checkpoint, west of the city of Donetsk. Amid the rising tensions, Ukrainian government troops near the Black Sea coast conducted heavy military drills.

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Video Kazakh Filmmakers Launch YouTube Channel

A group of independent Kazakh filmmakers and activists have launched their own YouTube channel to showcase their work. Partyzan TV launched in the city of Almaty on February 11 with the uploading of the internationally-renowned film, The Owners. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Afghanistan Puts New Aircraft On Display In Kabul Airshow

Kabul's airport hosted Afghanistan's military airshow on February 11. President Ashraf Ghani joined high-ranking U.S. officers and other defense officials at the event which showcased the country's new light attack aircraft, the A-29 (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan).

Video Building Roads Kazakh Style

This Kazakh town’s road is all signs and no asphalt.

Video Ghost Town All That Remains Of Kyrgyz Hydroelectric Project

The settlement built for construction workers on a hydroelectric project in Kyrgyzstan is now a ghost town. The workers departed soon after the project was abandoned last month. But the locals are hoping the Russians will soon be back. (Zhibek Byegaliyevoy for RFE/RL's Current Time).

Video Belgrade Bus Shelter Is Home For Migrants Stuck In Serbia

For these people seeking a new life in the European Union, this Belgrade bus shelter is home, for now at least. Classified as economic migrants, these men from countries in Africa and Asia have been stranded for months in Serbia, the last stop before the border of the EU. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

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Video Afghan Children Reveal 'Heartbreak' Of Human Trafficking

Each year dozens of children in Afghanistan are sold into slavery or even worse fates. Their families, usually very poor, hand them over to smugglers in exchange for the promise of cash.

Video Moscow Destroys Kiosks In Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. A city lawmaker estimated that the demolitions could cause 15,000 people to lose their jobs.

Video Georgian NGO Calls For Preservation Of Mosques, Synagogues

A Georgian NGO, Human Rights Center, has asked for government support for the preservation of places of worship of minority groups in the country's south, where a Muslim community and a tiny Jewish minority live. (RFE/RL's Georgian Service)

Video Troops Roll Through Crimea As Russia Holds Military Drills

Tanks and army trucks were lined up on the highways of Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula on February 9, a day after the start of large-scale Russian military exercises in the region. (RFE/RL's Crimean unit)

Video Moscow Destroys About 100 Businesses in Beautification Blitz

The city of Moscow demolished dozens of trading stalls, kiosks, and cafes in a blitz of bulldozers on February 9. Heavy equipment began tearing down about 100 buildings, which Moscow city authorities had deemed illegal.

Video Afghan Policewomen On Patrol

Afghanistan's government is making an active effort to train female police officers, creating a more balanced force that can better serve Afghan women. What is life on the force like for these female recruits? (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Pakistani Doctors' Strike Leads To New Form Of Outpatient Care

A doctors' strike in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar brought hospitals to a near standstill. Doctors still were seeing patients who needed treatment -- but in tents outside the city's main hospital. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kuchi Nomads: Struggling, Stateless In War-Torn Lands

As the seasons change, hundreds of thousands of nomads move with their families and livestock back and forth across Afghanistan's border with Pakistan. In an area already ravaged by war and poverty, the Kuchis are living the kind of hard life that much of the world has long forgotten.

Video Czechs Clean Up After Protests End With Firebombing

In the Czech capital, Prague, volunteers cleaned up the day after the firebombing of a building where clothes and other help for refugees are gathered. The attack, by a group of around 20 masked men, followed a day of protests by far-right groups against Muslims and immigration.

Video Flour Power: Outpouring Of Support For Pakistan's Aging Hercules

There’s been an outpouring of sympathy for Ghani Baba, the man who carries 100 kilograms of flour 1 kilometer on his back every day in Peshawar, Pakistan. What’s being done to help Ghani Baba?

Video London's Oligarch Bus Tour

Forget Buckingham Palace and Big Ben -- London's newest bus tour shows visitors the palatial homes of Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs.

Video Siberian Town Dismayed By Maternity Ward's Closure

Residents of Bograd, a small town in southeastern Siberia, have lost their fight to save the local maternity ward, declared "unprofitable" by health authorities. Pregnant women from Bograd and surrounding villages will now have to travel up to 150 kilometers to give birth.

Video Kyiv Protesters Call On Dutch To Reject Russian Propaganda

Ukrainian activists protested in front of the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kyiv with banners warning: "Don't listen to Russian propaganda." The protesters displayed a famous self-portrait of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh with one bandaged ear, repurposing the image.

Video Aging Breadwinner Hauls More Than His Weight In Flour

Syed Abdul Ghani treks a kilometer every day with 100 kilograms of flour on his back. He earns just 300 Pakistani rupees ($3) from selling the flour to a bakery in his native Peshawar. He's been making the trip every day for the past 25 years in order to provide for his family.

Video Pre-Islamic Afghan Artifacts Go On Display In Prague

From the Silk Road to the center of Europe: Ancient works from Afghanistan's pre-Islamic past have gone on display in the Czech capital, Prague. A major archaeological dig near Kabul uncovered a significant trove of artifacts, and they are helping Europeans understand more of Afghanistan's past.

Video Animals Left Behind In Armenia

In an abandoned zoo in Gyumri, Armenia, forgotten animals wallow in despair. (RFE/RL's Armenian Service)

Video Kyrgyz Horsemen Go For The Goat

Across Central Asia, horsemen compete in a rugged game in which they grapple over a goat's carcass and try to drag it toward a goal. In Kyrgyzstan, the sport is known as kok-boru, and it's enjoying a nationwide revival. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Lithuania's Power Play Challenges Russia's Energy Dominance In Baltics

Lithuania is no longer at the mercy of Moscow, thanks to a liquefied natural gas terminal it has developed.

Video Vox Pop: Are You Interested In Putin's Family?

Rarely do Russians see or hear very much about Vladimir Putin's family life. Once in a while there will be revelations -- about his alleged great wealth, the activities of his children, and even his romantic life.

Video Minister Says No Accreditation For RT In Tajikistan

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov has said reporters from Kremlin-funded media outlet RT, formerly known as Russia Today, have not been given permission to operate in his country. RT has been trying to open a bureau in Dushanbe since 2014.

Video Activist Urges EU To Keep Political Pressure On Belarus

Belarusian human rights activist Ales Byalyatski has called on the European Union to maintain political pressure on Belarus's authoritarian regime.

Video As Ukraine Conflict Simmers, Kids Are Stuck At Home

In the Ukrainian village of Zaytseve, 11-year-old Edik has to cross military checkpoints and enter separatist territory just to go to school. It's a dangerous trip, so Edik and other schoolchildren have stopped going to class, and instead do their schoolwork at home.

Video License-Plate Privileges Chopped For Top Kyrgyz Officials

Kyrgyz authorities began destroying license plates designated for members of parliament and other high-ranking government officials. Parliament decided to revoke special license plates for top officials because of cases of drivers abusing their privileges and violating traffic rules.

Video Pakistani Doctors, Nurses Strike In Peshawar

Health-care workers in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar went on a one-day strike, bringing chaos for many patients at local hospitals. Doctors, paramedics and nurses agreed to strike after the provincial government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa announced reforms to the health-care system.

Video Pakistan Airline Workers Continue Strike After Deadly Clash

Pakistan International Airlines canceled all domestic and international flights, as the national carrier’s employees continued their strike for a second day. Workers held a sit-in protest against the government's planned privatization of the airline. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Tajikistan Demands Genetic Tests For Couples Planning To Wed

In Tajikistan, medical professionals warn that marriages between close relatives are a common cause of birth defects. To reduce future cases of congenital disabilities, Tajik lawmakers have approved a new requirement for couples planning to marry -- a genetic test.

Video Moldova's Potty Protester

Anatol Matasaru is a civil rights activist who was charged with hooliganism for an unconventional protest outside of Moldova’s National Anticorruption Center.

Video Protesting Pakistan Airline Employees Killed In Karachi

At least two workers of Pakistan International Airlines were killed and several others wounded after security forces allegedly opened fire on protesting employees of the national carrier at Karachi airport. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Corker: Assad Strengthened By Russia Going In To Peace Talks

U.S. Senator Bob Corker has voiced concern over the prospects for a Syria peace deal emerging from talks in Geneva. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said hopes for peace were complicated by the fact that President Bashar al-Assad had been strengthened by Russia's intervention.

Video Corker: Lack Of International Resolve On Iran

U.S. Senator Bob Corker has said there is a lack of international resolve to ensure Iran sticks to the deal on its nuclear program. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said Iran had violated UN resolutions relating to ballistic missile testing but there had been no "pushback."

Video Corker: Revelations Of Putin's Wealth Are Destabilizing

U.S. Senator Bob Corker has said that revelations of Russian President Vladimir Putin's huge personal wealth are destabilizing for Russia. Speaking to Voice of America's Michael Bowman, he said increasing numbers of Russians understood that Putin had amassed this wealth while in office.

Video Afghan Boy Comes To Kabul, Amid Hopes Of Meeting Messi

Afghan football authorities are trying to arrange a meeting between a 5-year-old boy and Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi, after photos of the boy in a homemade Messi shirt went viral. He spoke exclusively to RFE/RL during a visit to the Afghan national stadium in Kabul.

Video Russian Grand Master Promotes Chess In Serbian Village

Former world chess champion Anatoly Karpov took on some local enthusiasts in the southeastern Serbian village of Merosina, as part of a visit as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. First, a quick game in the village square... (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Civilians Killed In Blast Near Kabul Police Station

Afghan security forces cordoned off an area near a police station after a suspected suicide bombing in Kabul. At least nine people were killed and many others were wounded. (RFE/RL's Radio Azadi)

Video 'You Protect Us All, Like Baby Birds': Kazakhstan Goes All North Korea

At last week's congress of Kazakhstan's ruling party, long-time President Nursultan Nazarbaev received praise so effusive, it was reminiscent of accolades accorded to the leader of North Korea. Here's a sampling of the tributes put together by RFE/RL's Kazakh Service.

January 2016

Video The Little Afghan Boy And His Homemade Messi Jersey

A little boy sparked an international media hunt after a picture of him wearing a Lionel Messi jersey made out of a plastic bag went viral. We tracked down 5-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi to his home in eastern Afghanistan and paid him a visit.

Video Portraits Unveiled Of Ukrainians Detained By Russia

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has opened an exhibition featuring portraits of people who Kyiv says have been illegally detained by Russia, such as filmmaker Oleh Sentsov and pilot Nadia Savchenko. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Kosovar Serbs Protest War Crimes Conviction

Police in Kosovska Mitrovica said around 500 people took part in a demonstration after an international court found a prominent Kosovo Serb politician guilty of war crimes charges. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Drone Footage Caps Week Of Iranian Military Displays

Iran has spent the week showing various forms of the country's military capabilities. On January 29, Iran's state television and the Tasnim News Agency published footage which purportedly shows an Iranian naval drone tracking a U.S. aircraft carrier, after three days of major naval exercises.

Video Fukuyama Says Greater Regulation Of Capital Markets Is Necessary

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama says liberal democracies have had to restore greater regulation of capital markets.

Video Fukuyama Predicts IS Will Fail To Establish A Viable State

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama predicts the Islamic State (IS) extremist group will fail to establish a viable state.

Video Fukuyama Says Putin's Economic Model Is 'Falling Apart'

Political scientist Francis Fukuyama says the energy-dependent economic model established by Russian President Vladimir Putin is 'falling apart'.

Video Propaganda 'Scares The Kids' In Russian Schools

Schoolchildren in Russia's Ural region are being fed propaganda in their classrooms. The lessons include a discredited tale about gruesome atrocities carried out by the Ukrainian Army.

Video Anti-Obama Sign On Display Near U.S. Embassy In Moscow

A pro-Kremlin art group called Glavplakat this week hung a huge banner of Barack Obama opposite the U.S. Embassy in Moscow with the slogan "Killer" -- a protest against U.S. military involvement in Syria.

Video Mutton To See Here

Just a wild sheep playing soccer. (And he saved the life of his female goat friend, too.) (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Montenegro's Prime Minister Survives Confidence Vote Over NATO Membership Offer

Montenegro's Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic has survived a confidence vote over his country's invitation to join NATO. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Teacher Defies Threats To Bring Education To Pakistan's Poorest Kids

She is a teacher bringing education to some of Pakistan's most vulnerable children. Thousands of kids live in the slums of the country's capital, Islamabad, without any access to education. But one woman, Chand Bibi, is on a courageous mission to change that. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Serbian Photographers Protest Copyright Changes

Serbian photojournalists destroyed their own prints in protest against government proposals to remove copyright protection from their work. Critics say it's an attack on media freedom. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Star Of Pakistani Cricket Visits Peshawar Army School

Shahid Afridi, the captain of Pakistan's Twenty20 cricket team, visited the school where 144 people were killed in a Taliban attack in 2014. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Armenian Activist Loses Appeal, Remains In Detention

Supporters of Armenian opposition activist Gevorg Safarian protested in Yerevan after an appeals court ruled he must remain in pretrial detention for two months. He was arrested with four others on New Year's Eve as they tried to place a Christmas tree in Yerevan's Liberty Square. (RFE/RL's Armenian

Video An Unusual Friendship Amid The Conflict In Ukraine

Isolated and without water or gas, 80-year-old Antonina Prokofyevna has found an unusual companion to stave off loneliness amid the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Video Protester Disrupts Graffiti Artists' Trial In Minsk

A protest erupted in a courtroom in Minsk, as three graffiti artists went on trial for painting political slogans on buildings. A supporter in the court shouted “No to political repression", "Art is not a crime”, and "This is not a trial, but a circus!" (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video Afghan 'Dancing Boys' Tell Of Rape, Abuse

In Afghanistan, impoverished boys are being forced into a life of abuse as a result of bacha bazi -- dancing boys -- an old practice that sees wealthy or powerful men exploit underage boys as sexual partners.

Video Pakistan's Bara Shopkeepers Try To Rebuild And Reopen

Market traders are starting to repair their damaged shops in Bara, Pakistan, seven years after many were destroyed in clashes with Islamic militants. Government officials said that the Bara Bazaar near Peshawar can reopen on February 1. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Ramzan Kadyrov: Russia's Pride Or Shame?

Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has made a number of threatening statements against liberal politicians, activists, and journalists in Russia. RFE/RL's Russian Service reporter Svyatoslav Leontev asked Muscovites what they think of Kadyrov.

Video Pakistan University Reopens After Deadly Attacks

Heavy security surrounded the reopening of Pakistan's Bacha Khan University, nearly a week after a deadly attack there by militants. The campus in the northwestern district of Charsadda, near Peshawar, was closed after 21 students and staff were killed on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video A New Way To Stand Trial?

Police carried Vardges Gaspari to a court house in Yerevan to face trial for insulting a police officer. Gaspari is a veteran activist who regularly lies down to protest against government policy, or in this case, the criminal justice system. (RFE/RL's Armenia Service)

Video The Dangers Of Kadyrov's Threats

When called upon, a huge number of people turned up in Grozny on January 22 to show their support for Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov. The demonstration came after Kadyrov and his allies made a string of hostile statements against liberal politicians, activists, and journalists in Russia that were met

Video Refugees, Health Workers Battle Winter In Serbia

Difficult conditions are getting even worse at the refugee reception center in the southern Serbian town of Presevo due to the onset of cold winter weather.(RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Ismayilova Accepts Amal Clooney As Lawyer

Imprisoned RFE/RL contributor Khadija Islayilova has accepted prominent human rights lawyer Amal Clooney as her legal representative. In a statement she praised Clooney's "courage" in the case of a jailed Egyptian journalist in 2014.

Video Putin 'Probably Approved' Litvinenko Assassination

A British public inquiry has concluded President Vladimir Putin “probably” approved the poisoning death of Kremlin critic Aleksandr Litvinenko in 2006.

Video Afghan Models Make Bold Fashion Statement

A decade-and-a-half after the end of Taliban rule, women in Afghanistan still face pressure to dress conservatively in their Muslim-dominated society. And that makes holding a fashion show with female models a risky endeavor.

Video Campaigner Battles On 'Nemtsov's' Bridge

Olga Lyekhtona wages a tireless campaign to maintain a makeshift shrine on the bridge in central Moscow where opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was killed in February 2015. City authorities have rejected plans for an official monument on the spot.

Video A Morning Of Devastation At Pakistani University

Militants launched an assault on a university campus in northwestern Pakistan, killing at least 20 people, including students and staff. The aftermath inside the school showed the extent of the extent of the attack's devastation. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal and VOA)

Video Amal Clooney Says She's Representing Ismayilova

Imprisoned RFE/RL contributor Khadija Ismayilova is considering an offer of legal representation by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. The wife of Hollywood star George Clooney previously has taken on prominent cases in Egypt, Armenia and the Maldives.

Video Two Witnesses Speak About Pakistan University Attack

A student caught up in the carnage, and an emergency rescue worker aiding the victims, spoke to RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal about the attacks on the Bacha Khan University in Northwestern Pakistan on January 20. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kazakh 'Gray Mass' Protests Bank Loan Policies

Mortgage holders held a protest outside of major banks in the Kazakh city of Almaty. They called for a recalculation of their loans, amid the recent economic crisis. (RFE/RL's Kazakh Service)

Video Afghan Woman's Husband Cuts Off Her Nose

Human rights campaigners in Afghanistan are demanding justice for 20-year-old Reza Gul. After her husband beat her, he cut off her nose. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Kyrgyz Cop Turns Filmmaker In Fight With IS

A Kyrgyz police officer has produced a video, which he is showing to teenagers in schools, as part of efforts to fight recruitment by Islamic State militants. Colonel Zhanibek Isayev mined the internet for shocking images from Syria, which sometimes move the children to tears.

Video New Double-Decker Bridge Opens In Pakistani City

The two-level Bab-e-Peshawar (Door To Peshawar) Bridge opened on January 18 in northwestern Pakistan. It cost 1.7 billion Pakistani rupees ($16 million) to build and was completed in record time. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Talks Begin On Peace Road Map With The Taliban

Four-nation talks aimed at establishing a peace process with the Taliban in Afghanistan have begun, with the Afghan and Pakistani foreign ministers, along with diplomats and military officials from the United States and China, meeting in Kabul. (Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Security Forces Move Against Protesters in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan deployed security forces in the northeastern district of Quba on January 15, amid national unrest over worsening economic conditions. Camera phone video shows security forces moving against the protesters. (RFE/RL's Radio Azerbaijani Service/UGC video)

Video Ukrainian Revolution Film Bids For Oscar Glory

Winter on Fire, a documentary about Ukraine's 2013-14 upheaval that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, has been nominated for this year's Oscars. The film tells the story of the "Maidan" protests through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy and other participants.

Video Illegal Coal Miners In Kyrgyzstan

Southern Kyrgyzstan is dotted with small coal mines that operate without official permission or regulation. These illegal mines pay their workers an above-average wage -- at the cost of risking life and limb. (Jibek Begalieva, RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

Video Arts And Crafts On Show In Pakistan's Peshawar

Artisans showed off their works in the Pakistani northwestern city of Peshawar. The three-day cultural and handicrafts exhibition included a live demonstration of pottery making. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Kyrgyzstan Court Rules MPs Should Keep Their Seats

A district court in Bishkek ruled that a decision by Kyrgyzstan's Central Election Commission to strip two members of parliament of their mandates was illegal. Elmira Jumalieva and Cholpon Esenamanova's mandates were canceled by the commission on January 11. (RFE/RL's Kyrgyzstan Service)

Video New Year In Bukovyna

An eclectic array of fancy dress costumes and masks were on display, as Ukrainians celebrated New Year according to the Julian calendar in the Bukovyna region, bordering Romania. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Ukrainian Refugees Forced To Leave Russia

Some Ukrainian refugees will have to leave Russia by February 1, under new rules imposed last autumn. It's not clear how many people need to pack their bags.

Video 'People Are Asking For Jobs And Bread:' Azerbaijanis React To Protests Following Currency Collapse

People on the streets of Azerbaijan's capital, Baku, have reacted to nationwide protests which erupted following the collapse of the country's currency, the manat.

Video Pakistan Students Gear Up For Eco Marathon

Students from around the world are preparing to compete in the Shell Eco Marathon, the energy company's annual fuel efficiency contest. For those from Pakistan's Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute, it's a long road to their competition in Manila. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video What's Happened Since Russia Banned U.S. Adoptions?

U.S. citizens adopted tens of thousands of children from Russian orphanages after the Soviet collapse. But in 2012, Moscow banned Americans from adopting Russian kids with a law passed in retaliation for economic sanctions. What impact has the ban had on children in need of homes?

Video Plague Of Potholes In Pakistani City Targeted By Unorthodox Campaign

A local politician in Karachi has launched an unorthodox campaign to rid the Pakistani city from a plague of potholes. Alamgir Khan has taken to spray-painting the image of the provincial leader's face on the city's treacherous roads, demanding that the government fix them. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video  Moldovans Protest, President Refuses To Appoint Oligarch As Prime Minister

Protesters for and against the naming of controversial businessman Vlad Plahotniuc as the next prime minister faced off in the capital Chisinau. Later in the day President Nicolae Timofti refused to name Plahotnuic, saying he did not meet his criteria for integrity. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Protests Break Out Across Azerbaijan

Security forces moved in to deal with protests across Azerbaijan, following the collapse of the country's currency, the manat -- which has lost 40 percent of its value against the U.S. dollar in recent days. (RFE/RL's Azerbaijani Service)

Video Moldovans Protest As Oligarch Expected To Be Next Prime Minister

Protesters for and against the naming of controversial oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc as the next prime minister of Moldova faced off in the capital Chisinau. (RFE/RL's Moldovan Service)

Video Ten Killed In Attack On Government Guest House In Afghanistan

Seven members of Afghan national security forces were killed along with three Islamic militants in an attack on a government guest house in the eastern city of Jalalabad. (RFE/RL Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Polio Vaccination Center Bombed In Pakistan

At least 14 people were killed in a blast that appeared to target police outside a polio vaccination center in the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta. Officials at the scene said that 13 of the dead were police officers. Taliban militants claimed responsibility. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Hundreds More Cross Greek-Macedonian Border

The flow of migrants across the Balkans continued, with around a thousand people crossing from Greece to Macedonia on January 12. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Power Cut As Blizzard Hits Belarus

Blizzards and high winds caused power cuts and traffic jams in Belarus, with the heaviest snowfall reported in the capital, Minsk. (RFE/RL's Belarus Service)

Video Ukrainian Miners Block Road

Miners blocked a main road in western Ukraine in protest at unpaid salaries. The men said they were owed money from the November and December pay packets. (RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)

Video Putin Is Optimistic, But Some Muscovites Worry About The Economy

In an interview with the German magazine Bild, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that in spite of falling oil prices and Western sanctions, the Russian economy is showing signs of improvement. But some Moscow residents say they have yet to see any positive change. (RFE/RL's Russian Service)

Video Landsbergis: Russia Always Beats Those Who Don't Mind Losing

The Soviet crackdown following Lithuania's declaration of independence culminated on January 13, 1991. Lithuanian leader Vytautas Landsbergis discussed the historical turning point and new regional threats in our special interview series with 12 post-Soviet leaders, "Russia & Me."

Video They Can’t Bear To Be Apart

Altai, a Russian bear, just met Gul, a Tajik bear, at a zoo in the Czech Republic. Now the duo can’t be apart.

Video Pakistani Students Gear Up For Fuel Marathon

This year, Pakistan will enter a global contest for building fuel efficient cars. For students from a northwest institute, there is still a long road ahead to overtake the favorites. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video A Night At The Opera, In a Bishkek Supermarket

A typical evening's shopping at Bishkek's Frunze supermarket in early December suddenly turned into a cultural event with the appearance of an opera flash mob. People who seemed to be average shoppers and store employees suddenly burst into song, regaling store patrons with a piece from Verdi's oper

Video Kids At Home Amid War In Eastern Ukraine

The village of Zaytseve, near Horlivka in eastern Ukraine, is split down the middle by checkpoints and armed forces. Some children are separated from their school by the front lines, so they study and play at home, confined by the conditions of war.

Video Transvestite Beaten By Uzbek Police

A shocking video which appears to show plainclothes policemen beating up a transvestite has gone viral in Uzbekistan. But the public response has only highlighted homophobic attitudes in Uzbek society. (UGC)

Video Orthodox Christmas Brings Wide Range Of Celebrations

Orthodox Christians enjoyed Christmas celebrations around the world on January 6. From Bosnia to Tatarstan, they marked the holiday in different and colorful ways. (RFE/RL Balkan, Gerogian and Tatar-Bashkir Services)

Video Uzbek Video Shows Transvestite Beaten

A video that apparently shows plainclothes policemen beating up a transvestite has gone viral in Uzbekistan. But the response to the video points to widespread intolerance in Uzbek society: instead of outrage, most comments on the video are in support of the violence.

Video Former Afghan Government Workers Demand Jobs Back

Hundreds of former government employees marched on the Afghan parliament in Kabul to demand their jobs back. They were laid off when the country's electronic voter ID card scheme was suspended. (RFE/RL'S Radio Free Afghanistan)

Video Serbian PM Vucic: 'Our Path Is The European Path'

In an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia is working to maintain good relations with Russia while it moves toward its goal of European integration.

Video Serbian PM Vucic: Dialogue With Kosovo Must Go Forward

In an interview with RFE/RL's Balkan Service in Belgrade, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic discussed the normalization of relations with Kosovo, saying that Serbia is bracing itself for crucial but difficult talks.

Video Plan To Demolish Historic Uzbek Minaret Canceled

A controversial plan to demolish a historic minaret in the Uzbek city of Andijon has been canceled.

Video The Kyrgyz Cop Called 'Spiderman'

A video of Bakitbek Sakiev hanging on to the hood of a speeding car earned him the nickname Spiderman. But this Kyrgyz policeman is known for more than his death-defying stunts. He's also regarded as an incorruptible officer in a country where police corruption is widespread.

Video Snow, Smog Choke Streets Of Sarajevo

A winter snowfall hampered residents of Sarajevo going about their business, and a lingering smog had many gasping for air. Fog mixed with pollution hit the Bosnian capital again on January 5, forcing many people back indoors. (RFE/RL's Balkan Service)

Video Police Arrest Activists Placing Christmas Tree in Yerevan

Video released by activists in Armenia show police forcefully stopping them from placing a Christmas tree on Yerevan's Liberty Square on New Year's Eve. One of the activists of the New Armenia Public Salvation Front, Gevorg Safaryan, was charged with resisting arrest.

Video Pakistani Shi'ite Groups Protest Saudi Cleric Execution

Shi'ite groups in Pakistan added their voices to protests around the world against Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Karachi and chanted death to the Saudi royal family. (RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal)

Video Smell Like Putin: Russian President Inspires New Perfume

Putin In A Bottle: Russian President inspires a new fragrance.

Video Troops Battle Attackers Near Indian Consulate In Afghan City

Afghan troops and Indian security forces fought gunmen near the Indian Consulate in the northern city of Mazar-e Sharif. At least two militants barricaded themselves inside a residential building near the consulate on January 4, a day after the fighting began. (RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan)

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